I came across this yesterday on Guido:
Deborah Arnott, the fanatical £160,000-a-year chief executive of the taxpayer-funded pressure group Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), still has to continue justifying her taxpayer subsidy.
How much does Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, get? Answer:
The Prime Minister is paid £150,402 a year.
So Deborah Arnott is paid more than Theresa May! Isn’t that astounding!
No wonder she’s such a self-important little prick.
But what does she actually do that merits such high pay? Theresa May is running a country. What is Deborah Arnott running, apart from a vicious campaign of vilification and demonisation and exclusion of smokers?
Theresa May is making key decisions affecting the lives of millions of people every single day. She probably has £150,000 of influence on their lives every single day in her job, and maybe even every single hour in it. It’s a huge responsibility. She probably signs off every day on decisions which route millions of pounds in one direction or other. And she actually does it with a little bit of style.
What the hell does Deborah Arnott do? As far as I can see she just jets off to conferences all over the world with other overpaid antismoking zealots just like her. Guido Fawkes article calls her the “chief executive” of ASH, but what tasks does she “execute”? Elsewhere she is described as its “director”, but what does she direct? Does she have a staff of hundreds of people working under her? Does she even have a staff of ten people working under her? Does she have any staff at all?
According to ASH, their offices are at:
6th floor, Suites 59-63,
67-68 Hatton Garden,
London EC1N 8JY
The frontage of New House is about 15 metres in length. There are two shops in it, one a jeweller, the other a pawnbroker. In Google street view (right), there is an Offices To Let sign from Pearl and Coutts, and a telephone number 020 7843 3788.
I’m not sure what a “suite” is, but if ASH occupies 5 suites on the 6th floor, how many suites can be fitted into a single floor? Assuming that the ground floor is occupied by the two shops, there are about 10 suites on each floor, assuming they’re numbered 1 to 64. Given a 15 metre depth to the building, each floor will have an area of 225 square metres, and each suite will have an area of 22.5 square metres. This is a room 4.7 metres or 15 feet square square. In fact it’s probably less than this if the area or the staircase and lift, as well as the internal walls, is subtracted from the floor area. The suites are probably more like 4 metres or 12 foot square. They’re not much bigger than broom cupboards.
Most likely Deborah Arnott’s capacious desk and accompanying throne fully occupies one of these broom cupboards. What’s in the others? Probably a secretary in one. A photocopier and computers in another. Piles of No Smoking signs in another. And a tea room/toilet (transgender?) in the last.
Far from being “chief executive” or “director” or “president”, Deborah Arnott is more like Chief Tea Lady of ASH. And she has a staff of only one or two people. And since the top floor of New House is probably baking in summer, she’s probably busy all day making cuppas, when she’s not composing new lies about smoking:
“The misery now is if you want to sit outside you have to sit in a really smoky area; it means that the smoke is diffused in a way it can’t be indoors and, basically, it’s a health hazard.”
What utter misery! The smoke is indeed diffused outdoors “in a way it can’t be indoors”, because very often smoke can’t be diffused at all indoors, while outdoors it has the whole atmosphere of the Earth to diffuse into. It is never “very smoky” outside in the ways that it can be very smoky inside. And it isn’t a “health hazard” either.
Clearly she now wants an outdoor smoking ban.
And for this she’s paid £160,000 a year? Why? What good does she do? Does she do any good at all? She’s doing an enormous amount of harm. The whole country would be better off if she was fired, and ASH closed down.